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New format of play ushers in more excitement at Kish Island 3-Star

Rain or shine, fans relish the excitement at Kish Island
Kish Island, Iran, February 17, 2017 - A new format using single round elimination unveiled more excitement as the main draw of the Kish Island 3-Star 2017 started on Thursday.

The second stop on the 2017 season of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour showcased Kish Marine Recreational and Sports Complex as an ideal venue.

Fans rallied behind their hometown heroes and went ballistic with a successful first set for Iran’s Rahman Raoufi/ Bahman Salemiinjehboroun against Australians Durant Cole/Zachery Schubert.

Iran fought hard but suffered a 2-1 (21-19, 19-21, 16-18) loss to drop out of the competition.

Fans continued to enjoy the festive atmosphere in the stands.

Early favourites John Mayer and Ryan Doherty of the United States likewise succumbed after a 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) loss to Russians Maxim Sivolap/Igor Velichko.
In this clip, the American duo shows us around Kish Island as they talk about their partnership.

Germany’s Jonathan Erdmann, who completed a 2-0 (21-14, 21-19) win with partner Armin Dollinger against Czech Republic’s Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner, talked about the new format that debuted on Thursday.

The major differences between beach volleyball and fast-rising snow volleyball, were also uncovered in this infographic.

And despite the rain and harsh winds on Thursday, fans of all shapes, sizes, and fur spots stood by in awe.


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